02/09/16 6:29pm

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Unified Command continues response to Potomac River oil sheen

The Unified Command continues its response to oil sheens Tuesday in the Potomac River near Arlington, Virginia.

The Unified Command plans to use a deterring technique Tuesday to keep birds from entering Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary.

“The use of small pyrotechnics to deter birds from using particular areas during an oil response is a commonly employed technique utilized by wildlife biologists to minimize the negative impacts of oil to birds and other wildlife,” said Peter McGowan, a wildlife biologist with Fish and Wildlife Services.

This technique is scheduled to continue through Friday to allow time for the remaining sheen to dissipate.

This is the same technique regularly used at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to ward off birds.

“The sheen in the pond is light but still remains, and we want to minimize any potential for additional birds from being oiled.” said Cmdr. Michael Keane, the incident commander.

Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is continuing to rehabilitate impacted birds at their facility in Delaware.

Fish and Wildlife Services, and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service personnel will remain on scene to assist in the capture and recovery of any further impacted wildlife.

02/09/16 6:09pm

Check out this home for sale in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 2121 Jamieson Avenue

For Sale in Alexandria, Virginia’s Carlyle near Old Town

This beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bath penthouse condominium is for sale and located at 2121 Jamieson Avenue in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Check out the view!

Via the listing

Perfect Penthouse! Panoramic view, new elegant renovation w/a great floorplan create a truly special home. Luxurious features incl: stunning kitchen & baths remodel, granite, raised vanities, new flooring & paint throughout, new appliances, etc. 2 encl balconies (not included in 1975 sqft). 2 garage (3-06 & 3-79) &1 storage. 24-hr security,pool,tennis,etc. Walk to metro, shops,Whole Foods, movies.

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

02/09/16 3:58pm

DRP in Del Ray
I LOVE February for many reasons (Valentines Day, President’s Day, etc) but, as a pizza lover, chief among them is National Pizza Day.

Like me, you’re probably planning to observe this important day by just scarfing down a slice after work. Here my seven (7) favorite pizza places in Alexandria, Virginia.

  1. Faccia Luna | 823 South Washington Street (S/W Quadrant)(703) 838-5998
  2. Valentino’s New York Style Pizzeria | 4813 Beauregard Street (Lincolnia) | (703) 354-8383
  3. Lena’s Wood Fired Pizza + Tap401 E Braddock Road (Rosemont)(703) 683-5330
  4. Del Ray Pizzeria | 2218 Mount Vernon Avenue (Del Ray)(703) 549-2999
  5. Paisano’s Pizza | 2012 Eisenhower Avenue (Eisenhower East)(703) 548-6800
  6. Delia’s Brick Oven Pizza209 Swamp Fox Road (Eisenhower East) | (703) 329-0006
  7. RedRocks Neapolitan Bistro | 904 King Street (Old Town)(703) 717-9873

Did we miss one? What is your favorite place for pizza in Alexandria? As a bonus, here are 11 awesome ways to celebrate the day.

(Photo via Thomas Cizauskas on Flickr)

02/09/16 2:31pm

Coastal flooding in Alexandria, Virginia (Photo via @IanFingerman on Twitter)

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Another Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect from the National Weather Service for the metropolitan Washington area, including the City of Alexandria, Virginia from NOW until 12:00 a.m. Midnight (Wednesday, February 10).

A Coastal Flood Advisory is issued when minor or nuisance coastal flooding is occurring or imminent. Coastal Flood Advisories are issued for coastal areas along the Tidal Potomac River and areas along the Chesapeake Bay.

…COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL
MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT.

* TIDAL ANOMALY…2 TO 2.5 FEET ABOVE NORMAL

* TIMING…AROUND HIGH TIDE THIS EVENING.

* EXPECTED IMPACTS…MINOR SHORELINE INUNDATION.

HERE ARE THE TIMES OF THE NEXT HIGH TIDES
WASHINGTON CHANNEL…8:39 PM AND 9:05 AM…
ALEXANDRIA…8:57 PM AND 9:23 AM…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY INDICATES THAT ONSHORE WINDS AND TIDES
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE FLOODING OF LOW AREAS ALONG THE SHORE.

(Photo via @IanFingerman on Twitter)

02/09/16 2:17pm
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Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, aka Umm Sayyaf, 25, an Iraqi citizen and wife of Abu Sayyaf, a senior leader within the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) until his death last year, was charged by criminal complaint in Alexandria federal court for her role in a conspiracy that resulted in the death of American citizen Kayla Jean Mueller in February 2015.

“Kayla Mueller’s kidnapping and death is a tragic reminder of the dangers that ISIL poses to Americans,” said Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “We will continue to work alongside the FBI to investigate this case and remain steadfast in our pursuit of justice for the Mueller family.”

“The charges filed today allege that Umm Sayyaf and others conspired to provide material support to ISIL and that this conspiracy resulted in the death of Kayla Jean Mueller,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin.  “Sayyaf is currently in Iraqi custody for her terrorism-related activities.  We fully support the Iraqi prosecution of Sayyaf and will continue to work with the authorities there to pursue our shared goal of holding Sayyaf accountable for her crimes.  At the same time, these charges reflect that the U.S. justice system remains a powerful tool to bring to bear against those who harm our citizens abroad.  We will continue to pursue justice for Kayla and for all American victims of terrorism.”

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02/09/16 1:40pm

La Bergerie in Alexandria, Virginia

OpenTable Reveals 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America

As we celebrate love and romance in honor of Valentine’s Day, OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, has announced the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2016. La Bergerie in Alexandria was the only Alexandria, Virginia restaurant to make the list. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Featuring beloved restaurants adept at delivering hospitality with a personal touch, often from owner-operators, the complete list spans 33 states and includes honorees such as The Cellars in Virginia Beach, Forbes Island in San Francisco, and Zenkichi inBrooklyn. California has 15 winning restaurants, followed by New York and Virginia with eight apiece, Colorado with seven, andArizona, Florida, and Texas with six each. Hawaii and Nevada each have five winners while North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, andSouth Carolina each boast four. Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Washington count two winners per state. Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma,Oregon, Rhode Island, and Utah are also represented.

Exceptional ambience is the common thread at the winning restaurants, from those set in historic buildings, such as the Rainbow Room atop 30 Rockefeller Center, to those associated with cozy inns and luxe resorts, including Duling Kurtz House and Tidepools at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Establishments serving American and French cuisines dominate the list; however, Italian restaurants and steakhouses also proved popular, as did those specializing in perennial favorite fondue.

“Food is inextricably – and deliciously – tied to love and romance,” says Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. “This year’s honorees represent the perfect places for diners to savor their love, whether it’s marking a moment in time or creating a new shared memory over fine fare in an intimate and special setting.”

The list of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between December 7, 2014 and December 6, 2015. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of reviews for which “romantic” was selected as a special feature.

(Photo via La Bergerie on Facebook)

02/09/16 1:00pm
T.C. Williams High School has announced the appointment of a new head football coach.

James Longerbeam, who will be moving from Panama City, Florida for the role, will start as Head Coach at T.C. Williams on February 16.

Longerbeam previously taught at Bay High School in Panama City, where he led the Bay High football team to an 8-3 record and Bay County Champions. He was recently named 2015 Panhandle Coach of the Year.

“T.C. has a long and important history of athletic success and our football team is particularly important to us as it has helped to give T.C. its reputation. We are very excited to welcome Coach Longerbeam and hope he will be very happy with us. We wish him every success,” said Athletic Director Steve Colantuoni.

Longerbeam has experience rebuilding football teams. When he took over the program at Bay High School he was the third coach in four years and the team had not had a winning season since 2004. Prior to Bay High School, he coached at Loris high School in South Carolina, which had not had a winning season in more than a decade. By his fourth season, they had back to back winning seasons. They also made the playoffs and were the district runner-ups.

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